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This Victorian (c.1880-1900) Brass Enameled Inlay Brooch or Pin measures 1 2/8 inches across with the pin extending almost another 2/8 of an inch, and is incredibly intricate in its design. On a field of black enamel we see a flower design with six outer petals, three are a sky blue and three are a pinkish-red color. The center of the flower has a cobalt blue flower with six petals and the center of that has a tiny brass six petaled flower.
Atop of the flower and looking as if it is meant to secure the flower in place a bright white six pointed geometric shape is woven over each of the outer petals and through one edge of each. The white is dotted with brass and no matter how you count the dots they brake up into sections with six dots per section. Around the outer edge and attached to each petal, two vine like swirls of delicate brass are found. The outer rim is a complete circle of brass.
On the back we see a “C” clasp closure and a very old “Tinkers Fix” or repair to the pin. (Tinkers were traveling repairmen, often Blacksmiths that would gladly fix a ladies broken brooch or other item in the home that was metal for a fee) Believe it or not this pin works quite well and securely holds to the closure.
Condition is Excellent on the front with no viable damage to the enameling with the naked eye. Under a jewelers loop one can see a few minuscule spots of missing enamel, but this does not detract from the pin and is commensurate with age. On the back as stated above the pin mechanism has been repaired sometime in the Victorian era. There is some darkening to the brass on the back in spots, however this again is consistent with the age of the piece.
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FYI:The Estate Sale was for items owned by William and Susan Ecenbarger.
William won the Pulitzer Prize for General news in 1980 for his outstanding coverage of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident coverage. (TMI to us locals) He was a reporter and and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer in his day and also Freelanced with his work having been published in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Esquire, Audubon and other leading newspapers and magazines.
He wrote historical books too; “Walkin' the Line: A Journey from Past to Present Along the Mason-Dixon”, published in 2000 and “Glory by the Wayside: The Old Churches of Hawaii which was co-authored by his wife Susan (who also did the principal photography for the book). This was released in 2008. He not only won the Pulitzer, but in his writing career he also won the George Polk Award, and the Lowell Thomas Travel Writer of the Year among many others.
I am assuming that Susan was the collector of the fabulous jewelry I saw there.
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Victorian Brass Enameled Inlay Brooch With Tinkers Fix / Estate Find